Racial healing is one of the key components of the UCI TRHT campus center. Racial healing focuses on relationship building to unearth deeply rooted beliefs and attitudes, heighten awareness of our common humanityIncrease number of people in authentic conversations, and engage the community in healing activities is supported through:
- Respectful dialogue
- Recognition and affirmation of people and their experiences
- Connectedness to individual cultures, histories, and practices
- The sense of agency, nurtured through racial justice activism
The UCI Center for Truth & Racial Healing offers support for racial healing across
units and departments and throughout the surrounding community. Additionally, the
center offers training for racial healing facilitation. Please contact us to develop
a plan to serve your organization’s needs.
Deconstructing Diversity Initiative
The Deconstructing Diversity Initiative (DDI) was founded in 2015 with seed money from the UC Irvine Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture & Inclusion to address concerns about the campus racial climate. DDI was inspired by the Olive Tree Initiative's experiential learning model. A cohort of students are chosen each year to take part in an intensive seminar series and then travel to sites of historical and contemporary importance to the formation and experience of race in America. By pairing classroom learning with travel experience across the States, DDI provides college students as well as community and campus participants the education, training and experiences that enable them to better understand, negotiate and resolve issues of race.
More information at: www.deconstructingdiversity.uci.edu
Diversity, Inclusion, & Racial Healing Ambassador Program
In response to the race-based violence of the 2017 Charlottesville protest, the Samueli Foundation and UCI sought to build a program for high school students that would unearth and jettison the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs created by racism - primarily a belief in the hierarchy of human value. By focusing on youth social justice leadership development, the School of Social Sciences meets its mission of transforming our academic and local community through the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Healing program (DIRHA). DIRHA strives to prepare high school youth to positively engage within diverse and pluralistic environments both within and beyond high schools, and to improve inclusivity within their communities.
More information at: www.dirha.uci.edu